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A small village at the foot of the South Downs, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perhaps the most famous visitor to Amberley was Charles II, who stayed at the castle here once.
The village is built along its original medieval street pattern, with winding lanes now lined primarily with 16th and 17th-century houses. Amberley, West Sussex, England Heritage Rating: Nearest: - - The lovely West Sussex village of Arundel packs an awful lot into a small space.
First and foremost there is Arundel Castle, the home of the Duke of Norfolk. The imposing castle is primarily 19th century, but is built around the remains of an authentic 12th-century castle, of which the keep still stands. Arundel, West Sussex, England Heritage Rating: Nearest: - - Billingshurst is a small town boasting many attractive older buildings. It is laid out along the line of the old Roman road known as Stane Street, which linked London to Chichester.
The Roman link is recalled today in the town crest, which incorporates a Roman legionnaire. Billingshurst, West Sussex, England Heritage Rating: Nearest: - - If you want sunshine, head for Bognor Regis. While no one can guarantee that the weather will be fine, Bognor Regis is the place with the most sunshine in England.
Bognor owes its history as a popular spa town to Sir Richard Hotham, who tried at Bognor to emulate the success of Brighton as a watering place for high society. Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England Heritage Rating: Nearest: - - Bosham is a delightful village situated on an arm of Chichester Harbour. Bosham has a long history; it is thought that it was one of the first sites in Sussex where St Wilfrid preached, around the year AD 681.
Bosham, West Sussex, England Heritage Rating: Heritage Highlight: 11th-century Holy Trinity church Nearest: - - An attractive little village near Chichester, most notable for the remains of Boxgrove Priory, a 12th-century abbey founded as a daughter house of Lesay Abbey in France.
Though the abbey was disbanded by Henry VIII, the abbey church survives as the parish church of St Mary and St Blaise. Boxgrove, West Sussex, England Heritage Rating: Nearest: - - A classic downland village, Bramber boasts the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle built in 1070 by the powerful de Braose family. Today only the gatehouse survives to any great extent. The village was once a busy seaport on the River Adur, but the silting of the estuary left Bramber well inland. Bramber, West Sussex, England Heritage Rating: Nearest: - - The historic city of Chichester is one of the real highlights of any visit to West Sussex.
The city was founded by the Romans at a point where two of their major roads crossed - a point marked by the lovely 16th-century buttercross. The prize of Chichester is its superb medieval cathedral, the only English cathedral visible from the sea. Chichester, West Sussex, England Heritage Rating: Nearest: - - A small downland village, Clayton lies astride an old Roman road.
The little Saxon church of St John the Baptist boasts some very early wall paintings, which are probably the work of monks from St Pancras Priory at Lewes. The paintings have been variously dated from 1080 to 1140, making them some of the earliest surviving examples in England. Clayton, West Sussex, England Heritage Rating: Nearest: - - Enjoy unlimited FREE entry to over 100 historic sites including castles, abbeys, Roman ruins and prehistoric monuments.
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For the former parliamentary constituency, see . West Sussex is a in the south of , bordering (with ) to the east, to the west and to the north, and to the south the . West Sussex Established 1974 () Area 1,991 km 2 (769 sq mi) • Ranked Population (mid-2017 est.) 852,400 • Ranked Density 428/km 2 (1,110/sq mi) Ethnicity 96.6% White 1.7% S.Asian County council • • • • • • • Members of Parliament 8 members () • Summer () () West Sussex is based on the western part of the of , which was formerly a .
With an area of 1,991 square kilometres (769 sq mi) and a population of over 800,000, West Sussex is a , with a and a . in the south-west is the and only city in West Sussex, with the largest towns being , and . West Sussex has a range of scenery, including , and coastal. The highest point of the county is , at 280 metres (919 ft). It has a number of including , and and also such as and . Over half the county is protected countryside, offering walking, cycling and other recreational opportunities.
Main article: Although the name Sussex, derived from the 'Sūþsēaxe' (''), dates from the Saxon period between AD 477 to 1066, the history of human habitation in Sussex goes back to the . The oldest remains known in Britain were found at . Sussex has been occupied since those times and has succumbed to various invasions and migrations throughout its long history.
Prehistoric monuments include the , a group of burial mounds, and the Iron Age and hill forts on the South Downs. The period saw the building of and rural villas such as together with a network of roads including , the and the .
The Romans used the Weald for on an industrial scale. The foundation of the is recorded by the for the year AD 477; it says that arrived at a place called in three ships with his three sons and killed or put to flight the local inhabitants.
The is regarded as somewhat of a myth by most historians, although the archaeology suggests that Saxons did start to settle in the area in the late 5th century. The Kingdom of Sussex was absorbed into as an earldom and became the county of Sussex. With its origins in the , the later county of Sussex was traditionally divided into six units known as .
By the 16th century, the three western rapes were grouped together informally, having their own separate . These were administered by a separate from 1888, the county of Sussex being divided for administrative purposes into the of East and West Sussex. In 1974, West Sussex was made a single with the coming into force of the .
At the same time a large part of the eastern (the district which includes the towns of , and ) was transferred into West Sussex. Provision for paupers Until 1834 provision for the poor and destitute in West Sussex was made at parish level.
From 1835 until 1948 eleven Poor Law Unions, each catering for several parishes, took on the job. Most settlements in West Sussex are either along the south coast or in Mid Sussex, near the / corridor. The town of is the largest in the county with an estimated population of 106,600. The coastal settlement of closely follows with a population of 104,600. The seaside resort of and market town are both large towns. Chichester, the county town, has a and , and is situated not far from the border with .
Other conurbations of a similar size are , and in the district, in the district, and , and in the district. Much of the coastal town population is part of the . and are the next largest settlements in the county. There are several more towns in West Sussex, although they are of similar size to other villages. The smaller towns of the county are , , , and .
The larger villages are , , , , , , , , and . The current total population of the county makes up 1.53% of England's population. General map of West Sussex. West Sussex is bordered by Hampshire to the west, Surrey to the north and East Sussex to the east. The lies to the south. The area has been formed from and rock strata, part of the . The eastern part of this ridge, the of Kent, Sussex and Surrey has been greatly eroded, with the chalk surface removed to expose older Lower Cretaceous rocks of the .
In West Sussex the exposed rock becomes older towards the north of the county with ridges along the border with Surrey including the highest point of the county at . Erosion of softer sand and clay strata has hollowed out the basin of the Weald leaving a north facing of the which runs east and west across the whole county, broken only by the valleys of the and .
In addition to these two rivers which drain most of the county a , the , flows intermittently from springs on the dip slope of the chalk downs north of Chichester. The county makes up 1.52% of the total land of , making it the 30th . 38 Average max. and min. temperatures in °F Precipitation totals in inches Climate West Sussex is the sunniest county in the United Kingdom, according to records.
Over the last 29 years it has averaged 1902 hours of sunshine per year. Sunshine totals are highest near the coast with often having the highest in mainland England, including a total of 2237 hours in 1990.
Mean annual temperature for southern coastal counties is around 11 °C. The coldest month, January, has mean daily minimum temperatures of around 3 °C near the coast and lower inland. July tends to be the warmest month when mean daily maxima tend to be around 20 °C. A maximum temperature of 35.4 °C occurred at North Heath, on 26 June 1976. Coastal high temperatures are often moderated by cooler sea breezes. Monthly rainfall tends to be highest in autumn and early winter and lowest in the summer months, with July often being the driest month.
There is less rainfall from summer convective showers and thunderstorms than in inland areas. The county can suffer both from localised flooding caused by heavy rainfall and from water shortages caused by prolonged periods of below average rainfall. Winter rainfall is needed to recharge the chalk aquifers from which much of the water supply is drawn. West Sussex developed distinctive land uses along with its neighbours in the weald.
The cattle transformed into and emerged about the time of the Roman conquest. Some of the earliest evidence of horses in Britain has been found at , dated to 500,000 BC.
Viticulture is a part of the economy, with wineries producing mainly sparkling wine of varied quality. The runs from London to the south of . The and roads run from to and respectively with the a little further west ending in .
Other major roads are the which runs east to west through the middle of the county and the which does the same but closer to the coast. The is a local alternate route to the A27 in the eastern coastal strip. , which handled over 33 million passengers and had over 250,000 aircraft movements in 2011, is located within the borders of , and is the second largest airport in the United Kingdom.
There is also a considerably smaller local airport at and a grass airfield handling and at . There are three main railway routes: the , the and the . The serves and occasionally enters the westernmost part of West Sussex, although it has no railway stations in the county.
Main article: West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is the authority that governs the non-metropolitan county of West Sussex. The county contains 7 district and borough councils ( , , , , , and ), and 159 town, parish and neighbourhood councils.
West Sussex County Council has 71 ; the majority of them being . There are 46 Conservative councillors, 10 , 8 , 6 councillors and 1 councillor. The Chief Executive and his team of Executive Directors are responsible for the day-to-day running of the council. West Sussex County Council is based at County Hall, Chichester and provides a large range of services including education, social services, fire and rescue, libraries, trading standards, town and country planning, refuse disposal and consumer services.
West Sussex Youth Cabinet The West Sussex Youth Cabinet is a group of local representatives and four (UKYP) representatives, who are elected by young people in West Sussex. The Youth Cabinet represents the views of the young people West Sussex at county level. Elections for the Youth Cabinet and UKYP in West Sussex run every year in March.
Wakehurst Place Gardens, • • - A protected area of wetland that is an important feeding ground for birds. • • • - a • • • • • Warnham Local Nature Reserve, a 92-acre site with visitor centre • (a of the ) Castles, houses and other buildings • • Windmill • • , an old charitable school notable for its archaic uniforms and picturesque campus.
• and • • , a public school, notable for its substantial Sussex flint buildings and large campus. • , a public school, notable for its substantial Sussex sandstone chapel and large campus.
• , a public school known for its large campus • house and gardens, a National Trust property near , • and deer park. • , East Grinstead, where Sir carried out reconstructive surgery for burns patients during the Second World War. • , a Jacobean almshouse in • , (no longer open to the public). • , East Grinstead • , a 17th-century mansion high on the South Downs.
Religious buildings See also: The Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, otherwise called , is the seat of the . It was founded as a cathedral in 1075, when the seat of the bishop was moved from . The cathedral has architecture in both the and the styles, and has been called by the architectural historian "the most typical English Cathedral". The in is the of the . Built in French Gothic style and dedicated in 1873 as the Catholic parish church of Arundel, it was not designated a cathedral until the foundation of the diocese in 1965.
is partly of construction and is shown on the as the local church of late Saxon and Danish kings of England. Many other Saxon and early have survived in the county with little alteration including the , an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon church with a helm unique in England and , a 10th-century church in , . Some Anglican churches and many of the numerous nonconformist chapels in the county have been converted to residential use. is a Buddhist monastery in . Museums • • • Manor Cottage • Steyning Museum • • • of historic buildings at Arts in Chichester houses one of the most significant collections of 20th-century British art outside London.
It includes a substantial body of early and mid-20th-century work bequeathed by and many later works donated by . houses a large collection of Georgian and Victorian costume.
The has an outdoor sculpture park at . This is a table of trend of regional gross value added of West Sussex at current basic prices published by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling. Year Regional gross value added Agriculture Industry Services 1995 8,564 208 2,239 6,116 2000 10,576 162 2,545 7,869 2003 12,619 185 2,520 9,915 Significant companies in the county include , a substantial employer near Chichester.
, with associated airlines including and , is a major source of direct and indirect employment. also has a presence in the county. The table below shows the population change up to the 2011 census, contrasting the previous census. It also shows the proportion of residents in each district reliant upon lowest income and/or joblessness benefits, the national average proportion of which was 4.5% as at August 2012, the year for which latest datasets have been published.
It can be seen that the most populous district of West Sussex is containing the towns of , and : See also: Population from census to census. Claimants of JSA or Income Support () Unit JSA or Inc. Supp. claimants (August 2012) % of 2011 population JSA and Income Support claimants (August 2001) % of 2001 population Population (April 2011) Population (April 2001) West Sussex 2.7% 5.1% 806,892 753,614 Ranked by district Crawley 3.8% 5.3% 106,597 99,744 Worthing 3.6% 6.7% 104,640 97,568 Adur 3.2% 6.3% 61,182 59,627 Arun 3.0% 6.4% 149,518 140,759 Chichester 2.3% 4.8% 113,794 106,450 Horsham 1.9% 3.3% 131,301 122,088 Mid Sussex 1.6% 3.6% 139,860 127,378 See also: West Sussex has a comprehensive education system, with a mix of county-maintained secondary schools and and over twenty independent senior schools.
In addition primary education is provided through a mix of around 240 , , , and schools. Colleges include , , and . Independent schools in the county include , whose students wear Tudor style uniform, , and .
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Lindfield Commute: Haywards Heath (London Victoria, 44 minutes). Drive to station: about 5 minutes. Frequency of trains: 10 per hour (peak). First train in: 4.34am; last train home: 1am.
Annual season ticket: £3,844. Annual car-park ticket: £1,166. The Country Life verdict: Pevsner described Lindfield as having the ‘finest village street in East Sussex’ (the county boundaries were later redrawn).
It’s won the best-kept village in title so often, it was once withdrawn to give others a chance. Best address: Rupert Coles of Prime Purchase says the very attractive house overlooking the duck pond has to be the highlight on Lindfield’s high street. Alternatives: Haywards Heath, Ardingly, Horsted Keynes, Scaynes Hill. Lurgashall Commute: Haslemere station (London Waterloo, 52 minutes). Drive to station: about 15 minutes. Frequency of trains: 3 per hour (peak).
First train in: 5.26am; last train home: 11.45pm. Annual season ticket: £3,900. Annual car-park ticket: £1,050. The Country Life verdict: Typically English village set in the South Downs with an active cricket club, one of the best pubs in the area (The Noah’s Ark), an excellent village shop-which sells fresh bread and local produce – and even a winery.
It’s a bit of a drive to the station, but worth it. Best address: ‘The Old Rectory is very sweet, but, from The Malthouse, you could sit in the front garden and watch the cricket matches,’ says Russell Grieve of Knight Frank, Haslemere. Alternative: Lodsworth (an Archers-esque village in which the shop-the Lodsworth Larder-was started by villagers and sells produce from the nearby Cowdray estate.
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